Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Parable of the ambiguous text message: cockblock-style



So my friend sees our mutual friend hitting on his girl. So he texts the friend,

“Chill man. I’ve been talking to her all semester.”
 
And so the cock-block was halted – or so you would think. Unfortunately, when our Pimm’s-addled mutual friend flipped open his leather iPhone cover to read the above message, he interpreted it like this instead:
 
“That’s chill, man. I’ve been talking to her all semester.”
 
The subtext here? “That’s great you’re talking to her. Go for it, I’ve known her for a semester, she’s a cool girl.”
 
Unfortunately, what my friend meant was this:
 
“Chill, man. I’ve been talking to her all semester.”
 
The subtext here? “You f*cker! I’ve hung out with her all semester and I’m about the close the deal! Are you kidding me?”
 
Eventually, the friend got the hint and left. I joined him. This story has a happy ending.
 
What a parable for the power of a slightly ambiguous text message.
 
“Chill man.” 

versus

“Chill, man.”
 
Nice.

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